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Democrats kill amendment to bill which would prevent credit discrimination based on politics or religion

Frances Martel reports for Breitbart, that on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, Democrats in the House of Representatives voted against an amendment to a proposed bill that would prevent the powerful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from forcing private credit scoring companies to evaluate Americans based on political opinions or religious beliefs — to “make use of information related to political opinions, religious expression, or other expression protected by the First Amendment, whether obtained from a social media account of a consumer or other sources.”

The amendment would have been tacked onto Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s (D-MA) Student Borrower Credit Improvement Act, or Comprehensive CREDIT Act of 2020.

House Democrats rejected the amendment with 208 votes. Only 15 Democrats voted in favor of the free speech protections. Some, like Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), took the pusillanimous non-committal way by abstaining.

Republicans warn that without such an amendment, the powerful CFPB would have the legal authority to make nearly any criteria mandatory for a private credit evaluation company to take into consideration, paving the way for a system in which the federal government has the power to assign numerical scores to individuals like Communist China’s social credit system, based on their loyalty to a certain political party, membership in civil society groups that the government approves or disapproves of, or other private behaviors.

In a statement following the House vote, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned that if the Senate also passes the bill (Comprehensive CREDIT Act of 2020) without the amendment, the CFPB would now have the power to use any aspect of a person’s life to change their credit score, with significant potential for abuse. McCarthy said:

“In keeping with their theme of handing over more control to the government, Democrats now support giving the CFPB unchecked authority on credit score modeling, without any built-in measure to stop potential abuse of power or violation of our Constitutional rights. There is a terrifying parallel to the practices of China’s communist regime, which seeks to control the actions of their population with a social credit score. This kind of oppressive practice is antithetical to American freedoms and ideals.”

China’s new “social credit system” bans citizens from key social services like public transportation if they lose too many points behaving in a way disapproved by the Communist Party. China has begun exporting this system, along with its surveillance technology, to countries in the Western Hemisphere like Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

See “Totalitarianism: China will keep ‘social credit’ score on each citizen for reward/punishment

Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have posited a point system like China’s “social credit” for evaluating good citizenship. Andrew Yang calls his “modern time banking”. He said on his website: “Volunteer activity and community engagement would be tracked by an app and seeded, initially, by the government. After that, local administrators would oversee the program.”

Created in 2011 to protect Americans from economic malfeasance in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) supposedly is responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector. Designed by Sen. Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren (D-MA), CFPB’s jurisdiction is vast in scope, including banks, credit unions, securities firms, payday lenders, mortgage-servicing operations, foreclosure relief services, debt collectors and other financial companies.

Though an agency of the executive branch of the federal government, CFPB does not answer to the President, making it unaccountable to anyone but its director, 45-year-old Kathy Kraninger — a Republican and a Trump administration appointee. The President of the United States has only limited oversight over CFPB through a narrow list of reasons to remove a director.

CFPB has faced repeated accusations of abuse of power, particularly under its founding director Richard Cordray, an Obama appointee. In perhaps the most absurd example of overreach, the CFPB attempted in 2015 to punish a land development company for not maintaining roads in Tennessee at the standard the Bureau deemed appropriate.

The constitutionality of giving an unelected body such as the CFPB the power to impose its demands on private individuals and corporations has been the subject of extensive debate and unsuccessful lawsuits. Last October, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the CFPB.

On the same day as the House Democrats’ defeat of the free speech-protecting amendment, Elizabeth Warren launched a campaign against “disinformation,” a word the Chinese Communist Party often uses to censor speech. She tweeted:

Anyone who seeks to challenge and defeat Donald Trump must be prepared to take on the full array of disinformation that foreign actors and people in and around his campaign will use to divide Democrats, suppress Democratic votes, and erode the standing of the Democratic nominee. Campaigns and tech companies can take a number of steps to slow the spread of misinformation right now. And as president, I’ll take a series of actions to further address the spread of disinformation.

Warren also vowed that “when” elected President, she would not only overturn everything President Trump has achieved, she would hunt down and punish Trump administration officials and functionaries.


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144 House Democrats approve of illegal aliens voting in U.S. elections

Democrats are the Anti-America Party of Lawlessness.

Congressional resolutions are not laws. They are not legislative in character, but are statements of intent or declarations used primarily to express principles, facts, opinions, and purposes. When Congress seeks to pass a law, it uses either a bill or a joint resolution, which must be passed by both houses in identical form, and then presented to the president for approval or disapproval.

A resolution by the House of Representatives, therefore, is neither a bill nor a joint resolution, but instead is simply a declaration to express some principle, fact, opinion, or purpose.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, only 49 House Democrats voted “Yes” on a resolution ( H. Res. 1071) expressing disapproval of non-citizen illegal aliens voting in U.S. elections, which is a criminal act. 71 Democrats outright voted “No”; 69 Democrats took the cowardly way out by answering “Present”; 4 Democrats refused to take a stance by not voting. In effect, 144 Democrats refused to agree with the resolution that it is wrong for illegal aliens to vote in U.S. elections.

House Resolution 1071, sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), states the following:

Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

Whereas voting is fundamental to a functioning democracy;

Whereas the Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, sex, poll taxes, and age;

Whereas it is of paramount importance that the United States maintains the legitimacy of its elections and protects them from interference, including interference from foreign threats and illegal voting;

Whereas the city of San Francisco, California, is allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in school board elections; and

Whereas Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for Federal office: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

H. Res. 1071, which is not a bill and has no legal power, was passed on Sept. 26, 2018. The roll call vote was 279 Yeas; 72 Nays, 69 Present:

  • Republicans: 230 Yeas, 1 Nay, 4 Not Voting
  • Democrats: 49 Yeas, 71 Nays, 69 Answered “Present”, 4 Not Voting

The Republican who voted “No” is Justin Amash (Michigan).

Democrats who voted “No”:

  1. Karen Bass (CA)
  2. Don Beyer (VA)
  3. Bob Brady (PA)
  4. Anthony G. Brown (MD)
  5. André Carson (IN)
  6. Joaquin Castro (TX)
  7. Yvette Clarke (NY)
  8. Lou Correa (CA)
  9. Joseph Crowley (NY)
  10. Elijah Cummings (MD)
  11. Susan Davis (CA)
  12. Danny Davis (IL)
  13. Diana DeGette (CO)
  14. Val Demings (FL)
  15. Mark DeSaulnier (CA)
  16. Lloyd Doggett (TX)
  17. Michael Doyle (PA)
  18. Adriano Espaillat (NY)
  19. Dwight Evans (PA)
  20. Bill Foster (IL)
  21. Gene Green (TX)
  22. Luis Gutiérrez (IL)
  23. Alcee Hastings (FL)
  24. Brian Higgins (NY)
  25. Steny Hoyer (MD)
  26. Jared Huffman (CA)
  27. Pramila Jayapal (WA)
  28. Hank Johnson (GA)
  29. Eddie Johnson (TX)
  30. Robin Kelly (IL)
  31. Ruben Kihuen (NV)
  32. Barbara Lee (CA)
  33. Nita Lowey (NY)
  34. Sean Maloney (NY)
  35. Donald McEachin (VA)
  36. Jim McGovern (MA)
  37. Gregory Meeks (NY)
  38. Grace Meng (NY)
  39. Gwen Moore (WI)
  40. Seth Moulton (MA)
  41. Jerrold Nadler (NY)
  42. Grace Napolitano (CA)
  43. Beto O’Rourke (TX)
  44. Frank Pallone (NJ)
  45. Jimmy Panetta (CA)
  46. Bill Pascrell (NJ)
  47. Donald Payne (NJ)
  48. Nancy Pelosi (CA)
  49. Mark Pocan (WI)
  50. David Price (NC)
  51. Mike Quigley (IL)
  52. Jamie Raskin (MA)
  53. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA)
  54. Bobby Rush (IL)
  55. John Sarbanesn (MD)
  56. Jan Schakowsky (IL)
  57. Brad Schneider (IL)
  58. Bobby Scott (VA)
  59. José Serrano (NY)
  60. Adam Smith (WA)
  61. Darren Soto (FL)
  62. Eric Swalwell (CA)
  63. Bennie Thompson (MS)
  64. Paul Tonko (NY)
  65. Norma Torres (CA)
  66. Niki Tsongas (MA)
  67. Juan Vargas (CA)
  68. Marc Veasey (TX)
  69. Nydia Velázquez (NY)
  70. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ)
  71. Peter Welch (VT)


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Fiscal Cliff deal: The good, bad, and ugly

Last night, Jan. 1, 2013, at 10:45 pm, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, by a final vote of 257 to 167.
The House vote came less than 24 hours after the Senate had overwhelmingly approved the bill 89 to 8, with both parties’ support. The bill now goes to the POS for his signature. Instead of signing the bill, he’s already left D.C. to resume his vacation in Honolulu which was so rudely interrupted by the fiscal cliff negotiations. [snark]

The Fiscal Cliff deal:

  • The top tax rate increases from 35% to 40% on annual income over $450,000 for married couples and $400,000 for single people. This is the first time in more than two decades that a broad tax increase has been approved with GOP support.
  • “Temporary” Bush tax cuts for couples making less than $450,000 and individuals making less than $400,000 per year are made “permanent” (which means “until Congress changes their mind”).
  • More than 100 million “middle class” families (those earning less than $250,000 a year) will be protected from significant income tax increases set to take effect this month, but their payroll taxes will rise with the expiration of a temporary tax cut adopted two years ago.
  • No estate taxes on inheritance of $5 million, or $10 million for married couples.
  • Federal dairy policies will be extended through September, averting a threatened doubling of milk prices.
  • Extension of unemployment benefits to 2 million people for another year.
  • Automatic cuts to the Pentagon and other agencies that had been set to take effect today will be delayed for two months.
  • Pay raise for members of Congress, which was effectuated by Obama’s executive order, is nixed.
  • Automatic spending cuts (sequestration) from last year’s debt ceiling deal are postponed until March 2013, which means — oh joy — there’ll be a Fiscal Cliff II next month!

The Bad:

Buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are some New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite cronies. Under the plan, the federal government would eat nearly $100 billion in forgone tax revenue over the next two years by extending special tax credits for select businesses that had been set to expire:

  • $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can “expense” up to $15 million of costs for their projects. All this for a film industry that enjoyed a record box office last year.
  • $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50% of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
  • $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
  • $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
  • $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
  • $4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.

The Absurd:

  • This is how farcical the fiscal cliff brouhaha was: Members of the U.S. Senate had only 3 minutes to read the 154-page fiscal cliff bill and budget score, before they voted 89-8 to approve the bill. Senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM. I’ve taken longer to read the instructions for my new cell phone.
  • House Republicans also violated their pledge to allow three days for the public to read the legislation before they would vote on a bill. This was a promise the GOP made to voters before the 2010 elections.

The Ugly:

151 Republicans in the House voted “no,” which meant the GOP tally fell far short of a majority of the GOP caucus. That broke a long-standing preference by House Speaker John Boehner to advance only bills that could draw the support of a majority of his Republican members. So Boehner himself cast a rare vote: He supported the bill. So did Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate last year.
40 House Republicans voted for the bill, including such GOP leaders on tax-and-spending policy as Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.) and Ronald H. Johnson (Wis.), a tea party star.

The Good:

  • Senate Republicans who voted against the bill include tea party favorites Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah), as well as Marco Rubio (Fla).
  • House Republicans who voted no include Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).

The Really Bad:

Regardless of one’s political affiliation or beliefs, from an economic and fiscal perspective, the cliff deal has accomplished nothing. Here’s why:

  • The bill’s proposed spending cuts of $15 billion are less than 2% of the federal government’s deficit.
  • The bill’s tax increases will raise $620 billion over the next ten years — roughly $62 billion in new tax revenue per year.
  • $62 billion in new tax revenue per year is less than 6% of the $1+ trillion deficit the Obama regime has incurred every year for the past four years.
  • According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the fiscal cliff bill will cause the national debt to be $4 trillion higher by 2022 than if all of the cliff’s tax increases and spending cuts had been allowed to take effect.

Sources: CNN, Washington Post, ABC News, CNS News.

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Betrayal: House GOP leaders refuse to defund Obamacare

Ever since the midterm 2010 elections voted in a Republican majority to the U.S. House of Representatives, the House has voted 30 times to repeal Obamacare — the misnamed “Affordable” Patient Care Act that is anything but affordable. Nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of the middle class — Americans who make less than $120,000 a year.

It turns out those votes were just symbolic sap thrown to pacify Conservatives because the GOP leaders knew their repeals had NO chance of passing the Democrat-controlled Senate and, even if the Senate approved it, the measure would be vetoed by the POS in the White House.
But the Constitution does give the House the “purse strings,” i.e., control over spending. And federal funding of Obamacare is due to expire in two months, on September 30th. One would think this should be the perfect opportunity for the House to kill Obamacare by cutting off its blood supply funding.

The Three Eunuchs (from l to r): Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy

Doug Book reports for the Western Center for Journalism that the Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives — Speaker John Boehner, Majority leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy — have decided that the Party will do NOTHING to defund ObamaCare:
Yet weak knees on the part of Republican leadership should come as no surprise to interested conservatives as we were warned by Iowa Congressman Peter King last year that “…the decision was made by leadership to avoid the prospect of a showdown with the president or Harry Reid that could result in a potential shutdown of government.” (1)
And it was in February that John Boehner nearly suffered whiplash, ducking a reporter’s question about the congressman’s ObamaCare funding intentions in an upcoming budget resolution. Boehner’s non-answer answer: “We are opposed to Obamacare. We have voted to repeal it. That also included $700 million in tax hikes, about $2.6 trillion in new spending. We’re going to continue to take all the actions that we can to make sure that we do not ruin the best health care delivery system in the world, bankrupt our nation and, most importantly, get in the way of job creation in America.”
But apparently the Speaker and his colleagues are NOT so opposed to ObamaCare or worried about job creation that they are willing to rescind the $80 billion or so earmarked for the “healthcare” law by the last congress, or the $115 billion already authorized for “additional appropriation.” (2)
One hundred and twenty seven House Republicans signed a letter addressed to Boehner and Cantor by Michelle Bachman and Jim Jordan. In it they wrote, “…we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare…” “We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare implementation funds.” (3)
House leadership has the authority to legislatively package ObamaCare funding in any manner it wishes. Were they to place it with truly necessary “must pass” funding legislation, it would force Senate Democrats to make a very dodgy political decision before the election. As Congressman King puts it, Democrats would have… to “…defend Obamacare as more important than all of the rest of the functions of government combined.” (1)
But once again, John Boehner and the other shining pillars of Republican resolve are intent upon snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. For although the American public is solidly in favor of Republicans defunding ObamaCare, political caution MUST take precedence over the Constitution or a congressional oath of office!
Should Obama win in November, expect Speaker Boehner to be provided round-the-clock, Secret Service protection. Barack couldn’t afford anything happening to one of his most valued supporters.
H/t FOTM’s beloved moxielouise, tina, and my friend Robert Wilcox.

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GOP Aide Calls 59 House Conservatives "Hanoi Jane"

ConservativeHQ.com Special Alert
GOP Congressional Aide Compares 59 Principled Conservatives to “Hanoi Jane”
April 14, 2011

RINO California Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Earlier today, the Republican establishment showed their true colors towards conservative dissenters when an internal email sent from a top aide to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) became public. According to the National Journal, McCarthy’s aide, Pete Meachum, forwarded a message to GOP chiefs of staff complaining about GOP opposition to the budget deal.
“For the handwringers out there, buck up,” Meachum wrote. “For those seeking other office please campaign at home, not on the backs of your colleagues.” Meachum embedded a link in the last four words of his statement to this website featuring photos of “Jane Fonda A.K.A. Hanoi Jane.”
Meachum’s actions were not only despicable, they show the fear the establishment has of the conservative uprising in the GOP.
Speaker Boehner was able to pass his phony budget “deal” through the House today, but not with the dissent of 59 conservative Republicans – the kind of Republicans Meachum compared to “Hanoi Jane.”
The bill passed with 179 Republicans and 81 Democrats voting in favor, and 108 Democrats joining the 59 Republicans against. Three Republicans and three Democrats did not vote.
The Tea Party and grassroots conservatives sent a clear message in the 2010 elections – the Old Bulls in the GOP should expect some surprises in the 2012 primaries.
Here are the 59 Republicans that stood up for conservative Americans and voted ‘No’ on the budget deal today. They deserve your thanks.
Adams (FL)
Amash (MI)
Bachmann (MN)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Blackburn (TN)
Broun (GA)
Chabot (OH)
Chaffetz (UT)
Cravaack (MN)
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Flake (AZ)
Fleming (LA)
Forbes (TX)
Franks (AZ)
Gardner (CO)
Garrett (NJ)
Gingrey (GA)
Gowdy (SC)
Graves (GA)
Griffith (VA)
Harris (MD)
Heller (NV)
Huelskamp (KS)
Huizenga (MI)
Hurt (VA)
Johnson (IL)
Jordan (OH)
King (IA)
Kingston (GA)
Labrador (ID)
Lamborn (CO)
Long (MO)
Mack (FL)
McClintock (CA)
McCotter (MI)
McHenry (NC)
Miller (MI)
Mulvaney (SC)
Neugebauer (TX)
Paul (TX)
Pearce (NM)
Pence (IN)
Poe (TX)
Quayle (AZ)
Rehberg (MT)
Rigell (VA)
Ross (FL)
Schmidt (OH)
Schweikert (AZ)
Scott (SC)
Southerland (FL)
Stutzman (IN)
Tipton (CO)
Walsh (IL)
West (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Yoder (KS)

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